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‘Doctor Strange’ Co-Writer: Rotten Tomatoes’ Latest Move Proves Its Bias — Exclusive

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‘Doctor Strange’ Co-Writer: Rotten Tomatoes’ Latest Move Proves Its Bias — Exclusive
Before I was a filmmaker, I was a film critic. I did that for a solid decade. I mention that an awful lot in interviews and pieces because it’s a part of my life I’m particularly proud of. I love the industry and a lot of the people I came up with who now run it. What I don’t often talk about is that Rotten Tomatoes played a big part in why I left. When that site first started to come together, I saw the writing on the wall and knew that it would change the way traffic to reviews worked forever – and that I might wake up one day to find there wasn’t a job for me anymore. What I didn’t see was how profoundly it would not only reshape the way film critique was digested, but how movies themselves opened.

With Rotten Tomatoes,
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‘Get Out’ Deeper and Funnier Than Most ‘Serious’ Awards Contenders

‘Get Out’ Deeper and Funnier Than Most ‘Serious’ Awards Contenders
As our mothers told us, first impressions are lasting impressions. When Universal opened “Get Out” on Feb. 24, it was marketed as a horror movie. Now that the film is available for streaming, on HBO and on awards screeners (sent out Nov. 6), some industry folk are making a startling discovery: “Get Out” is Not a horror movie.

That was a good marketing hook, but the film, written and directed by Jordan Peele, is too original to pigeonhole: It’s a little Alfred Hitchcock, a little Mike Nichols, a little Rod Serling, but not really like any of them. It’s a deadpan social satire mixed with suspense. This week, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. agreed to consider it as a comedy for the Golden Globes; that was a good choice, because they don’t have a Too Complex To Label category.

The film was made by Blumhouse Prods. and Jason Blum says his company has two criteria: “Is it
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Ethan Hawke Goes on a Vengeance-fueled Killing Spree in 24 Hours To Live [Trailer]

In the years since breaking away from the heartthrob roles that made him famous in the 90s and a central figure of pop culture, Ethan Hawke has been keeping himself very busy with a wide range of projects and outdoing himself in each one. From award winners (Boyhood) and Canadian indies (Maudie) to mind-bending sci-fi (Predestination) to horror (Sinister), he has become one of the most interesting and consistently great actors working today.

His latest, an action thriller titled 24 Hours to Live, isn't going to be winning any awards for creativity in either the title or plot department but Hawke is always fun to watch and if nothing else, director Brian Smrz certainly has the experience behind the camera to pull this one off.

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Deadly Dialogue: A Conversation on Cinema with Jason Blum

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In just over 20 years in Hollywood, producer Jason Blum has amassed an amazing résumé as a producer, and Blumhouse Productions, the company he founded a little over ten years ago now, has become a juggernaut multi-media force to be reckoned with during that time.

Most horror fans know Blum from his involvement with numerous hit franchises, including Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister, The Purge, and Ouija as well as his hand in the soon-to-be newly minted franchises that have sequels on the way: Creep, The Gallows, Unfriended, and Split (with Glass). Oh, and there’s also the matter of the numerous one-off projects he’s produced as well (genre or otherwise), including Get Out, In A Valley of Violence, The Gift, The Lords of Salem, Oculus, as well as the 2015 Oscar winner Whiplash.

With the most recent Blumhouse production currently in theaters (Christopher Landon’s most excellent Happy Death Day), I
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The Week in Spandex – Nycc roundup, Justice League, Thor: Ragnarok, The Punisher, Runaways, Gambit, Constantine, Spawn and more

Due to New York Comic Con, birthdays and anniversaries, it’s an abridged version of The Week in Spandex this week. Normal service will be resumed this coming Saturday…

The big news from the weekend was of course the release of the latest trailer for Warner Bros.’ upcoming blockbuster Justice League, while on the DC front we also had plenty of updates on the superhero team-up, as well as news on Batman, Aquaman, Constantine, and the various DC TV offerings. On the Marvel side of things, we’re still waiting on an Avengers: Infinity War trailer, but we do have plenty of Thor: Ragnarok promotional material, as well as rumours of Punisher delays, a first look at Runaways and more, and over at Fox Gambit may have found another director…

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Justice League

Heroes assemble in the new trailer for Justice League

Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot discuss the
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Karyn Kusama’s New Film Destroyer to Star Nicole Kidman

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She welcomed viewers to one of the most unsettling dinner parties put to film with The Invitation, and now Karyn Kusama is getting ready to introduce viewers to a new kind of cult in Destroyer, her upcoming thriller that has now added Nicole Kidman in a lead role:

Press Release: Los Angeles (October 4, 2017) – Academy Award® and Emmy® Award Winner Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies,” The Hours) will star in Destroyer, a modern Los Angeles crime thriller to be directed by Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Girlfight) from an original screenplay by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (The Invitation,Ride Along). 30West will fully finance the film. Academy Award® Nominee Fred Berger (La La Land) of Automatik is producing alongside Hay and Manfredi, who also wrote and produced Kusama’s critically acclaimed film The Invitation. Rocket Science is handling international sales and helped arrange the financing, while ICM Partners and CAA are
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Jason Blum Is Hopeful The Oscars Will Stop Ignoring Horror

Today, Jason Blum – of Blumhouse Productions – is undoubtedly one of the most successful producers in cinema. His filmography is actually quite eclectic, with him having helped deliver projects across a number of genres – from the drama The Reader, to the comedy Tooth Fairy. His production label has become synonymous with horror movies, though – and that’s all thanks to one film: Paranormal Activity.

Prior to Oren Peli’s CCTV-based ghost story, Blum had enjoyed a somewhat patchier run as producer – but when Paranormal Activity earned $193 million worldwide against a budget of just $15,000, business at Blumhouse Productions kicked into high gear. Specializing in low-budget horror that earn big returns, Blum has since produced horror franchises including Insidious, The Purge, Sinister and Ouija, as well as standalone titles, such as Oculus, Creep, and Get Out.

Having received an Academy Award nomination himself, for producing the 2014 film Whiplash, Jason Blum is currently at
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Scott Derrickson announces that filming is underway on Snowpiercer pilot

Sinister and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson has taken to Instagram to announce that filming is underway on the pilot episode of Snowpiercer, a TV adaptation of the French graphic novel La Transperceneige and the subsequent film version from Boon Joon-ho.

Snowpiercer is set seven years after the Earth has become a frozen wasteland, forcing the surviving members of humanity to live aboard a gigantic train that continously travels across the world.

The pilot has been written by Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and features a cast that includes Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner, Alison Wright, Annalise Basso and Sasha Frolova.
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10 Actors Who Were Almost in Doctor Strange

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10 Actors Who Were Almost in Doctor Strange
It was a beautiful validation for comic book fans everywhere when the Marvel Cinematic Universe grew so unstoppable that some of the trippiest and hardest-to-adapt characters were finally able to star in their own franchises, with A-list actors to boot. None have been weirder than Doctor Strange. And now, It's hard to imagine anyone other than Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of the Sorcerer Supreme, who Steve Ditko and Stan Lee introduced in the pages of Strange Tales back in the summer of 1963. But things could have turned out a lot different.

As things got cooking for Marvel's Phase 3, there were a slew of big name actors in contention for the magical role of Doctor Stephen Strange. And a few A listers came very close to signing that contract. As Marvel puts it, Benedict Cumberbatch was always the first choice. But we're not so sure about that, as one particular
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Blumhouse’s Spawn Reboot Pitched As “Low-Budget Superhero Movie”

Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions knows a thing or two about crafting a lucrative, crowd-pleasing hit on a shoestring budget.

From Paranormal Activity to Split to Jordan Peele’s rather excellent Get Out, Blum’s production banner has built its legacy on a series of low-budget, high-profit hits, and it appears Spawn will be next to join the ever-evolving collection in due time.

While doing press rounds to herald the launch of Universal’s “The Horrors of Blumhouse” maze – for the record, The Purge and Sinister are both woven into the real-life experience – Jason Blum turned in a status report during his recent interview with Collider, which also brought forth new details on M. Night Shyamalan’s 2019 sequel, Glass. Spoilers: it’s not another cookie-cutter superhero movie. Far from it.

In fact, the same can also be said about Todd McFarlane’s long-in-development Spawn reboot, after Blum teased the ways
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Blumhouse Partners With Neon to Manage BH Tilt Label

Blumhouse Partners With Neon to Manage BH Tilt Label
Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions has formed an alliance with Tom Quinn and Tim League’s Neon to manage the genre label BH Tilt.

Blumhouse launched the Tilt label in 2014 for micro-budget films and has, up until now, managed the label entirely in-house. BH Tilt has released eight films in partnership with Universal’s Otl Releasing, including “The Darkness,” “The Belko Experiment,” and “Lowriders.”

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“After two years of experimentation and learning with the Bh Tilt model, we are thrilled to join forces with Tom and Tim in a partnership for Tilt’s next phase, which we believe will lead to long-term sustainable success,” Blum said. “Tom is known throughout the industry for his leadership in pushing forward new strategies for alternative distribution and Tim is a savvy entrepreneur who built the most beloved indie cinema chain in America. They
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First Sinister Trailer & Poster For ‘Insidious: The Last Key’

Ahead of a 2018 release, the very first teaser trailer and poster for the fourth movie in the Insidious series has been released. Titled Insidious: The Last Key, the film is from the creative minds behind the hit Insidious trilogy.

In the horror, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home.

Insidious: The Last Key is written by co-creator Leigh Whannell (Saw), who wrote the trilogy and directed Chapter 3; produced by Insidious regulars Jason Blum (The Purge series, Get Out), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and co-creator James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7); and directed by series newcomer Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan).

This one is set for cinemas on January 12th. Check out the new poster above, and the new trailer below.

The post First Sinister Trailer & Poster
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Two New Halloween Horror Nights Mazes Based On The Purge, Sinister and Upcoming Happy Death Day Announced

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Beginning September 15, “The Horrors of Blumhouse” takes possession of Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” in two new mazes inspired by acclaimed contemporary horror producer Jason Blum’s blockbuster movies. The Purge, Sinister and Happy Death Day will be featured at Universal Studios Hollywood and Insidious, Sinister and The Purge mazes are coming to Universal Orlando Resort.

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Horrors of Blumhouse Mazes to Haunt Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Horrors of Blumhouse Mazes to Haunt Halloween Horror Nights 2017
Jason Blum, one of today's most prolific producers of contemporary horror films, brings his signature movies to life in the uniquely distinctive "The Horrors of Blumhouse" maze at this year's Halloween Horror Nights event at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, beginning Friday, September 15.

Based on The Purge, Sinister and Insidious franchises, as well as the upcoming thriller Happy Death Day, Blumhouse Productions (Split, Get Out, Whiplash), is teaming with the creative minds behind the nation's most intense and immersive Halloween event to unleash three twisted Blumhouse films in one bone-chilling experience at each Halloween destination.

At Universal Studios Hollywood, legions of terrified guests will come face-to-face with the most iconic and unnerving moments from the blockbuster The Purge franchise, Sinister movies and soon-to-be released Happy Death Day. In The Purge maze, guests will attempt to survive the night as they are immersed in the film's depraved world, where
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“The Horrors of Blumhouse” Maze Coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2017 at Universal Studios Hollywood & Universal Orlando Resort

The Purge, Insidious, and Happy Death Day are all coming to life this fall in "The Horrors of Blumhouse" maze at Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, and we have a look at the teaser video and official details for the eerie event that will feature plenty of familiar faces from the big screen:

Press Release: Universal City, Calif., Orlando, Fla. (August 29, 2017) – Jason Blum, one of today’s most prolific producers of contemporary horror films, brings his signature movies to life in the uniquely distinctive “The Horrors of Blumhouse” maze at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” event at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, beginning Friday, September 15.

Based on The Purge, Sinister and Insidious franchises, as well as the upcoming thriller Happy Death Day, Blumhouse Productions (Split, Get Out, Whiplash ), is teaming with the creative minds behind the nation’s most intense and
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Horror Directors Lead Hollywood Tributes to Tobe Hooper: ‘Your Legacy Lives On’

Horror Directors Lead Hollywood Tributes to Tobe Hooper: ‘Your Legacy Lives On’
Hollywood lost a horror icon this weekend when “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and “Poltergeist” director Tobe Hooper died in Sherman Oaks, Calif. on Saturday. He was 74.

Filmmakers and other celebrities were quick to pay tribute to the late director on social media.

Hooper’s fellow horror helmers including William Friedkin (“The Exorcist”), James Wan (“The Conjuring, “Saw”), Scott Derrickson (“Sinister”), John Carpenter (“Halloween,” “The Thing”) and Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead”) honored their peer on Twitter.

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“A kind, warm-hearted man who made the most terrifying film ever,” noted Friedkin. “A good friend I will never forget.”

Wan wrote, “Sad to hear the passing of Tobe Hooper. One of the nicest people. A sweet, gentle soul of a man. Your legacy lives on.”

See more reactions below:

Tobe Hooper directed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a seminal work in horror cinema. He was a kind,
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Al Gore, Jason Blum to receive Gotham honours

Al Gore, Jason Blum to receive Gotham honours
Ceremony takes place in New York City on November 27.

Former Us vice-president Al Gore will receive the Humanitarian Tribute and film producer Jason Blum will receive the Industry Tribute at the 2017 Ifp Gotham Awards.

The Ifp Gotham Awards ceremony is set for November 27 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of his climate change non-profit The Climate Reality Project. His most recent climate change-focused documentary film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power is currently in theatres and has grossed $3.5m worldwide through Paramount.

Blum founded Blumhouse Productions in 2000. Blumhouse has produced The Purge, Insidious, Sinister and Paranormal Activity franchises which together have grossed more than $1.7bn at the global box office.

The 10 competitive Gotham Awards for 2017 include Best Feature, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Documentary, Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Audience Award, Best Screenplay, Breakthrough Series – Short Form, and Breakthrough Series – Long Form.

Nominees will be
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Exclusive: Poster For September Morning About Tragic Event of 9/11

After sixteen years, the world is still a very dangerous place.

In the feature length directorial debut for Ryan Frost (Mobster’s Moll), September Morning is an exploration of coming to terms with innocence lost of a nation in the wake of 9/11.

The film stars Patrick Cage II (Jane the Virgin), Katherine C. Hughes (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Troy Doherty (Hachi: A Dog’s Tail), Michael Grant (The Secret Life of the American Teenage), Taylor Rose (The Good Wife), Michael Liu (Keeping Up With The Joneses) and Max Gail (42).

The story follows five college freshmen confronting the promises of youth that have been brutally severed by the national tragedy of 9/11.

The film is produced by Orestes Arcuni (Mad Men), Ryan Frost, William S. Goldstein (The Reign), Stephen Gibler (Sports Jam), and executive producer Richard P. Forman (Undercover Boss). The original music of the film is composed by
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Greg Nicotero and AMC Teaming Up to Develop Sci-Fi Horror Anthology Series Shock Theatre

AMC gave horror fans a lot to look forward to at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, announcing several in-the-works projects, including Shock Theatre, a sci-fi horror anthology series from director/executive producer Greg Nicotero:

Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – July 29, 2017 – AMC announced today from the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour a look at a current slate of select scripted and non-fiction projects in various stages of development for 2018 and beyond. New projects include many from existing AMC creative partners like “Better Call Saul” producers Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment, “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick’s production company Fish Ladder, “The Walking Dead” executive producer, director and special FX make-up designer Greg Nicotero, and “Fear The Walking Dead” star Colman Domingo, among others. These seven scripted projects for potential series consideration are among a broad number of projects currently being developed as part of AMC’s “scripts-to-series” model, which the
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AMC Searches For Its Next ‘Walking Dead’ With New Development Slate

AMC Searches For Its Next ‘Walking Dead’ With New Development Slate
Even while established series like “The Walking Dead” continue to perform, AMC has its eyes on the future. The network announced Saturday, July 29 its upcoming slate of new series currently in development, including new projects from Rainn Wilson, “Walking Dead” director Greg Nicotero, and Blumhouse Television.

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Three of the announced series in development are anthology-oriented, while nearly all feature some level of genre element. This includes the B-movie homage “Shock Theatre” as well as “Wicked West,” Blumhouse’s non-fiction take on “the most frightening and disturbing tales from the Wild West.”

There are also two high-concept premises mentioned: “Liking What You See” depicts a world where people voluntarily choose to surrender their ability to appreciate beauty, while “The Age of Miracles” is a drama about what happens to one woman’s family after the world learns that the earth’s rotation is slowing down.
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